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It wasn't long ago that we reported on the last version of the Steam Controller from Valve, but it looks like the company is ready to unveil the final design of its upcoming controller at GDC 2015.
The Game Developers Conference (GDC) kicks off in March, but it has been Origin PC's CEO, Kevin Wasielewski, that has teased the Steam Controller for GDC. He said "So now they're going to production and at GDC is when they're going to announce more stuff". We should expect Valve to be showing off the final Steam Controller, but I'm personally hoping to see much more than that.
Half-Life 3 confirmed?!
CES 2015 - Razer wants to be in your living room, especially with its new Turret that it was showing off at the Consumer Electronics Show 2015 in Las Vegas.
Turret is a keyboard, mouse and docking station that lets gamers put their keyboard and mouse on their lap so they can sit on their lounge and still get some PC gaming on.
CES 2015 - VR was something that was much bigger at the Consumer Electronics Show this year, with Razer unveiling their new OSVR headset.
Razer is expected to launch the headset sometime last this year, but from the pictures you can see that it looks very similar to the Oculus Rift. Right down to the strap and visual cable going over the top of the headset and your head (when it's on your head).
We will have more on this in the future when we can get our hands-on one to review! VR is getting some major traction, and I cannot be happier about it.
CES 2015 - Sixense is one of the companies in the industry that I'm most excited to see succeed, they worked with Razer on the Hydra motion controller, something I used when I played HLVR with the Oculus Rift and Razer Hydra. But Sixense have been working on the STEM system for quite a while now, and we're beginning to see them get closer to the finish line.
We met up with the great guys at Sixense, including Amir Rubin who is such a great guy and super intelligent. He walked me through the changes that the STEM system is still going through, improving each month with its internal component slowly getting smaller and smaller, as well as more efficient.
CES 2015 - Rapoo sub-brand VPRO has used CES 2015 as their launching platform for their new mechanical keyboard offerings - the V700 and V800.
Unfortunately there is no mention in their recently issued press release if they are Cherry MX mechanical switches or not, but either way these new products are worth a look at. Set for shipment in Spring 2015, the V700 keyboard claims 50 g of operating force and 2mm of key travel distance needed to function - this seems to hint that something like Cherry MX Black keys are being used within.
Alongside this key configuration, the V700 offers 106 out of 108 of the keys as fully programmable through their 32-bit ARM core processor labeled as their "VPOWER3 Gaming Chip." Expect this board to last an extended 60 million keystrokes and feature no backlighting options.
CES 2015 - under the banner of Rapoo , VPRO gaming has announced their new range of peripherals to hit the market this coming spring.
The mice on offer are their V900 laser, V300 optical and V200 optical offerings, all set to be priced nicely at under $70 on release. Their champion product V900 will be released with a 32-bit ARM core processor, helping speed up input commands. Alongside giving you adjustable DPI from 100 - 8200 and an image processing rate of 12000 FPS. This mouse features a multi-color lighting system to help increase user customization and will set you back $69.99 on release.
Slightly lower graded are their optical mice, the V300 and V200. Priced at $49.99 and $39.99 respectively, these mice offer a lightly lower image-processing rate of 6400 FPS, which honestly doesn't really matter anyway. The V300 gives you up to 4000 DPI to play with compared to the V200 offering between 500 and 3000 DPI total.
CES 2015 - Quoted as a "fully modular chameleon peripheral that is a glove-fit to MMO gaming, that fluidly transforms into MOBA and FPS layouts thanks to custom button placement, and interchangeable side-parts" in their recent press release, ROCCAT are looking to appeal to almost any gamer with their new peripheral offering.
The ROCCAT Nyth features 3D-printed parts that are changeable as you see fit. If you're a heavy user of macro keys in games like World of Warcraft or a precision aimer in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, this mouse is deigned to suit either or both of those purposes.
"Our growing file library of 3-D printed buttons and side-parts will ensure Nyth users get value out of Nyth years past what anyone else is offering today" states Rene Korte, CEO and Founder of ROCCAT, further adding "it's adaptable and great fun to play with. Much like the human fingerprint, almost no Nyth will be the same as another once users bring their creative customizations into the picture."
CES 2015 - We've seen things like Logitech's keyboard with a smartphone dock , but nothing quite like what ROCCAT has just launched as part of their CES 2015 promotions.
Featuring RGB LEDs and smartphone integration, the ROCCAT Ryos Pobo is aimed at the gamer, giving up Cherry MX Switch Mechanical Keys, two USB ports and a tenkeyless design. Roccat have now bolstered their range as of recent, seeing extra features added into the mid.
This keyboard is quoted to be made as part of ROCCAT's "Future Ready philosophy", with their CEO and Founder, Rene Korte explaining in their recent press release that "when concepting Phobo, we knew we had a strong vision. Still, we brought it back to the drawing board to expand and perfect the design."
Quite often overlooked, mousepads are essential to any gamers setup. Not only do they provide you with a steady surface to help keep (and build) your muscle memory as time goes by, they'll also prevent your mouse feet from wearing out quickly. As they're generally priced between $15-$40 and will last you around 18 months, there's no real excuse not to pick yourself one up.
Turtle Beach are throwing themselves into the PC market, with their last products announced being their new TRACTION and DRIFT mousepads. The TRACTION offering features a textured weave surface, an anti-slip rubber base and comes in various sizes - including Medium (270x220mm), Large (350x250mm), X-Large (450x350mm) and Wide (900x300mm). Expect this mousepad to set you back between $14.95 to $34.95 on their release later this year.
In yet another announcement, Turtle Beach are furthering their charge into the PC peripheral market - offering up two new GRIP mice for different styles of gaming. We've seen plenty of companies do this before and Turtle Beach are following suit - releasing one higher graded feature packed Laser mouse and its little brother optical offering.
For some reason Turtle Beach are really about the capital letters this coming spring. We've already written about their new IMPACT keyboard range, but what good it a mechanical keyboard without a top mouse to sit at its side?
Starting off with the big brother, Turtle Beach have released information on their new GRIP 500 mouse. Providing an Avago 9800 laser sensor and Omron switches, the 500 offers various illumination settings, seven programmable buttons and the ability to create up to 50 macros with up to 100 commands each. With all five profiles having the ability to be set to various color settings, this mouse stores all of the information on its on-board memory. Set for release later this year, the mouse will set you back $69.95.